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Sturgis man injured after one-car crash

A 19-year-old Sturgis-area man was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital Wednesday following a one-car crash. Police said Adam Bontrager was driving west on Lafayette street around 2 p.m. when the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree. Witnesses told police that Brontrager was driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the road near ... Read More »

Sturgis City Manager withdraws candidacy for Portage City manager position

Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes said he has withdrawn his candidacy for the position of city manager of Portage. The 40-year-old Hughes was one of three finalists chosen last month from a pool of five candidates for the Portage job. After further consideration, Hughes said he and his family have decided they would prefer to stay in Sturgis. Hughes, who ... Read More »

Items stolen from garage in Leonidas Township

Deputies from the St Joseph County Sheriff’s Office investigated a breaking-and-entering incident earlier this week in Leonidas Township. Police were called at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 31000 block of Covey Road. The victim told police someone used a tool to pry off the lock to a garage. Items stolen included a riding lawn mower and a 300-piece craftsman socket ... Read More »

Probation program receives approval to re-apply for grant

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has granted approval to Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman to re-apply for a state grant. During action at last week’s commission meeting, Stutesman sought permission to pursue a grant worth in excess of $280,000 for the Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation program. The program is already in place and received high praise from ... Read More »

Duck hunters rescued from river

Two duck hunters were rescued from the St. Joseph River Sunday morning in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the two were duck hunting with a 12-year-old boy shortly before 7 a.m. in the 62000 block of Constantine Road in Lockport Township. Deputies were called to assist with the two men, who were unable to free themselves ... Read More »

Board of Commissioners and finance director reach agreement

St. Joseph County’s Board of Commissioners has reached an employment agreement with the county’s finance director. During last week’s commission meeting, the board and Joni Smith signed a one-year contract retroactive to Oct. 1. The contract reflects compensation for a number of additional duties Smith has been delegated in the past two years. Those responsibilities include budget preparation and managing ... Read More »